The dangerous nexus of conspiracy theories in the Middle East

Image shows a street view of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the distance.

(ANALYSIS) A conspiracy theory held widely in the Middle East is that
Israel is planning to destroy the site of Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem,
which includes the Muslim holy sites of the Dome of the Rock and the
Al-Aqsa Mosque. Some add this is part of a project to clear the buildings
from the Temple Mount in order to build the Third Temple. A key part of
this scheme is believed to be efforts to breed a flawless red heifer.

Our Savior is not a slasher

Israel's flag is shown waving in the wind with the corner of a high-rise building as a backdrop.

Every year at this time, my social media feeds and television channels become flooded with Halloween-themed content. But given the real-world horrors unfolding globally, it’s challenging to find anything imaginary truly frightening by comparison. Interestingly, …

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